Judge Emily Miskel has served as judge of the 470th district court of Collin County, Texas, since the court was created in 2015. During the pandemic, she served as the Local Administrative District Judge of Collin County, keeping courts open during the pandemic.
Judge Miskel received her law degree from Harvard Law School and is double board certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.
She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She frequently speaks on legal technology topics such as electronic evidence, e-discovery, data theft, interception of communications, and online impersonation.
Judge Miskel is the Chair of Civil Justice for the Texas Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the state judiciary, and she serves on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee. She also serves on the Pattern Jury Charge Oversight Committee and the Computer & Technology Law Council for the State Bar of Texas. In 2020, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts presented her with the William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts.
Oil & Gas Experience
Judge Miskel graduated in the top 15% of her class at Stanford, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduating, she worked in the oil and gas industry as a project engineer for several years, designing and permitting refinery and pipeline construction projects. She was a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Mechanical Engineering in California from 2005-2011.
Judge Miskel held the first virtual bench trial in Texas and the first virtual jury trial in the world. During the pandemic, national news media including the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Inside Edition, and more, covered her tireless efforts to keep courts open and operational. United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts wrote that “she has been generous with her peers throughout the country in helping them solve problems and carry forward the work of our legal system.” She serves on the Computer & Technology Section Council for the State Bar of Texas. In addition to publishing a book on wiretapping, she has published and presented to judges and attorneys nationwide about technology issues in the law.
Judge Miskel aspires to always live up to these judicial values:
- Rule of Law: legal predictability, continuity, and coherence; reasoned decisions made through publicly visible processes and based faithfully on the law
- Equal Justice: fairness and impartiality in the administration of justice; treatment of all with dignity and respect
- Accountability: open and transparent government always accessible to the people; accountability to taxpayers and good stewardship of public funds and property; effective and efficient use of resources; self-enforcement of legal and ethical rules
- Excellence: constant education and training in the law; adherence to the highest jurisprudential and administrative standards; commitment to innovative management and administration
- Service: commitment to the faithful discharge of official duties; allegiance to the Constitution and laws of the United States and the State of Texas; dedication to meeting the needs of jurors, court users, and the public in a timely, effective, and accessible manner
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2800, McKinney, TX 75070
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